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GMC Sierra 1500 bumper notching

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by wanagofaster, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. wanagofaster

    wanagofaster Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 16

    I am going to be buying a new 1500 Sierra soon and plan to put a plow on it. However I am having a hell of a time getting concrete evidence on which plow undercarriage mount needs bumper notching and which ones dont (if any). I think the Western Ultramount needs severe notching but im not to sure about Boss. If any one has insight on this I need your help. Im sure a 2500 is no different then a 1500 when it comes to front mounts so any pics would be very helpful.
     
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    You would be wrong, 1/2 and 3/4 tons no longer share a frame they have different mounts
     
  3. charlg

    charlg Member
    Messages: 53

    Here is what a Fisher set up looks like on a 2010 1500. They had to remove the lower skirt, but were able to put the mount under the tow hooks.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2013
  4. wanagofaster

    wanagofaster Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 16

    Still had to notch the lower bumper huh? Im sorry but I cant buy a new truck just to take a sawall to it to plow snow.
     
  5. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Might want to look into Hiniker..
    I had to do nothing...
     
  6. RBRONKEMA GHTFD

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    What year truck? My 2500 with boss plow I didn't have to do any cutting. If you crank the T-bars you'll be fine.
     
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Every year, every option package, every manufacturer is different. 07 fascia is nothing like 04 fascia or even 06 fascia. Chevy's plow prep trucks have a different bumper then none plow prep trucks.

    Most 07 mounts require a little trimming though it is not readily visible if trimmed properly.

    check here for pictures of the trimming required for a Snoway
    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=42193&highlight=07+suburban&page=2
     
  8. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    1500 dont have t-bars anymore wont work. went to coil strut.

    and even if it did cranking t-bars wont help it clear the bumper when bolting on the truck frame parts.
     
  9. wanagofaster

    wanagofaster Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 16

    I was planning on getting a new one, i plow light commerical so a snoway wouldnt work. The only plow that you dont need to notch the bumper from what Ive seen is a Hiniker and Ive heard stories of those plows falling off the front of the truck.
     
  10. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    tell ya it would be best to get a 3/4 ton if you will be as you put it commerical .

    bigger brakes / tires / suspension parts / driveline parts. and t-bars to let you adjust the front hight aspr needs.

    and maint and service will be less in the life of the ride over 1/2 ton truck .

    i use to be a mechanic for over 10 years. seen way to many guys spend to much beefin up and maint of 1/2 ton stuff when few more upfront would have saved a LOT in the long haul.
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2011
  11. wanagofaster

    wanagofaster Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 16

    Probably just gona get a Tundra my dad has one with a Western 7' 6'' pro plow handles it great, dont need any plow prep package crap, and do not need any bumper notches
     
  12. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Buy American. !!!!!!

    Keep America Alive and Working !!!!!..
     
  13. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    That sounds like a good choice to me. The Tundra is a great truck to plow with. The only thing you have to do to put a plow on a Tundra, is you have to take the tow hooks off.

    The Toyota Tundra is built in Texas with more American Made parts than the F-150, Chevy/GMC 1500 and the Dodge 1500.
     
  14. wanagofaster

    wanagofaster Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 16

    I know what your saying about getting a 3/4 ton but My whole family has plowed with 1/2 tons for years and have never really had a problem. It seems like these newer 1/2 tons have really weak front ends and cant handle any weight like an older 1/2 ton. Ive plowed with an 1989 Toyota pickup for 20 years and it has a western plow on the front and does really well doing parking lots and what not.
     
  15. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    o.k. sounds like you got it. but ya the gm 1/2 tons are now coil/strut setup . so no adjustable front unless aftermarket level kits or custom shock/spring setups.